Mom’s Famous Cream Puffs: A Sweet Treat for Every Occasion

There’s something magical about homemade cream puffs, especially when they come from a family recipe that has been cherished for generations. Mom’s Famous Cream Puffs are no exception.

These little bites of heaven are light, fluffy, and filled with a rich, creamy vanilla filling that makes each puff an irresistible treat. Perfect for family gatherings, special occasions, or as a delightful dessert after a cozy meal, these cream puffs are sure to impress anyone who tries them.


For the Puff Pastry:

  • 1 stick butter (8 tablespoons)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 eggs

For Mom’s Famous Filling:

  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding
  • ⅓ cup milk


  1. Prepare the Pastry:
  • Preheat your oven to 400°F (204°C). Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a medium saucepan, bring the butter, water, and vanilla to a boil.
  • Add the flour all at once and stir vigorously. Continue stirring until the mixture pulls away from the sides and forms a thick dough ball.
  • Remove from heat and let it cool slightly.
  • Beat in the eggs, one at a time, incorporating each egg completely before adding the next. Continue until the dough becomes smooth and shiny.
  1. Bake the Puffs:
  • Drop tablespoons of the dough onto the prepared cookie sheet, spacing them about 2 inches apart.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until they puff up and turn golden brown. Avoid opening the oven door early as the drafts can cause them to collapse.
  • Remove from the oven and let them cool completely on a wire rack.
  1. Make the Filling:
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the heavy cream, instant vanilla pudding mix, and milk together until the mixture is thick and holds peaks like whipped cream.
  1. Assemble the Cream Puffs:
  • Once the puffs are cool, slice each one in half horizontally.
  • Pipe or scoop the thick vanilla cream into the bottom half of each puff, then gently replace the top.
  • Dust with powdered sugar just before serving.

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